Adrian has gone the way of all living things. His little soap bubble has popped, but everything he was comprised of still remains. His matter and energy have only changed form, and become part of the bigger thing we are all a part of.
He is still part of everything he touched, and all of us bear part of him with us. His life was like a pebble dropped into a pond. His existence ripples out from where he first began, and has continued to do so. His existence will continue to influence the universe through those of us who knew him, through everyone who knew us, and down through the ages.
We cannot help but be changed by those we encounter upon our own journey. We are expressions of the universe, exactly like the atoms which comprise us, but writ larger. We bump into each other, almost at random, but every little nudge changes us in incomprehensibly complex ways. Adrian was a beautiful expression of the same crazy, bizarre, unfathomable whole which we are all a part of. We should be honored to have known him.
I wish I had the opportunity to know Adrian better than I did. We are so fortunate to live in a time where we can communicate with each other like this. Most of us would never have had the opportunity to meet each other otherwise. I know I don't agree with the beliefs held by some, or even, most of you. It's still an honor to know you, and recognize that despite our differences we can still find common ground.
When it comes down to it, we all are far more alike than we are different. That reality is 'baked in' to us. That reality is why, as a species, we have been able to overcome so much, and become the dominant one one this planet. It was one of my great privileges, when I was part of the US army, to travel abroad and see with my own eyes how fundamentally the same we all are. Almost every difference we see in each other is largely insignificant. Even the things which seem insurmountable, are mostly rooted in a place of fear. We are currently living through a very stressful, and honestly, frightening time. There is so much confusion and uncertainty happening in the world right now. I don't know what's going to happen for any of us, but I hope we all come out the other side of this as stronger and better people.
I log in for the first time in months and I see this? Oh man I'm saddened. Don't we already have too much crap going on in the world as is? Fk cancer! took him too soon..I remember when I joined these forums like a decade ago and Adrian was there helpful and welcoming as always. Never met him in person but had many chats online. This blows.
I'm in the same state of shock and sadness as the rest of you. Adrian was always a great person to deal with and I will miss seeing his posts here, especially his avatar...I'll never forget it and how many times it brought a smile to my face.
Hate to hear this. I've had many thread conversations with him over the years. He was great guy.
It is said that what is called the Spirit of an Age is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.- hagakure
Goodbye my friend, and know that those who knew you (even if it was only online and not in person) will remember your wit, humor, and good nature. You always found time to help those in need, and the world is now a little worse off for you not being in it anymore. Rest In Peace.
LG said it all right there. Rest well Adrian, you will be dearly missed.
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RufusScorpius: Gumbo without rice is nothing more than soup. Prove me wrong..
Jan 27, 2021 0:41:13 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: I like gumbo, I just don't care too much for rice in soup type dishes. I would like gumbo more without the usual rice.
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Jan 21, 2021 17:04:32 GMT
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Jan 20, 2021 19:26:42 GMT
seth: Sounds great Christain. We used to do that when stationed in Florida. We'd canoe in the maze of the blackwater river--always find rope swings and such people had set up.
Jan 20, 2021 15:43:42 GMT
Ouroboros: Porch damnit.
Jan 20, 2021 14:22:59 GMT
christain: I plan on me and the wife going boating on the river at Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. You can float your cooler behind you and pull up on a sand bar and camp out. Great fun.
Jan 20, 2021 4:16:08 GMT
seth: yeah trying to plan summer camping trips now--I can't wait
Jan 18, 2021 15:27:32 GMT
RufusScorpius: Mmm, campfire, fresh fish, some 'taters gathered from the woods... paradise....
Jan 18, 2021 14:08:25 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Don't camp too close to the forbidden forest! A word of advice brother.
Jan 18, 2021 10:12:35 GMT
christain: If I were still in my teen years, I'd be camped by a fire on the edge of my pond with lines in the water...hoping to catch breakfast. If not, then go foraging the woods for nuts and berries. Not the easiest, but you'll live.
Jan 18, 2021 6:42:02 GMT
christain: A campfire and a good bottle of Scotch sounds pretty on-time right now. But only if I have a waterproof tent. The weather here is as unpredictable as a new wife. Watch out for the forest Elves and Gnomes.
Jan 18, 2021 6:34:48 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: My old friend! Well... you will always be welcome for a spot at my campfire. I am preparing to brave the forest again for some more research.
Jan 18, 2021 6:12:56 GMT
christain: Hey, Rufus! Sorry I haven't been on in a while to chat. Just too busy with the holidays and suffering a few medical setbacks. It really bites getting old, but I can still perform. My wife may have a different opinion, but I'm referring to swordplay.
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